Netkooks Continue to Insist They Matter
Here's a report from one of the HuffPoers
on the Yearly Kos Convention:How big is the community now? The most common number I heard was 3-5 million active people but I also heard numbers approaching 10 million. With MoveOn's size, and their turnover numbers as reported in our panel, I suspect the netroots is more in the range of 6,000,000 to 8,000,000 active Democrats.
The size and strength of this community was obvious to everyone at YearlyKos - in fact, I think that this is where the quiet confidence of the crowd came from. The blogosphere and Democratic Netroots Community doesn't have to prove a thing to anybody. Who else can bring 6 million Democrats to the table? Who else has an equal power to influence and activism like the netroots? No one.
Well, we know that the quiet confidence of the crowd doesn't come from their past performance at winning elections.Having barely survived the Boston Convention in 2004 where so many people were so worried about themselves that some of John Kerry's oldest and best friends were never given tickets, I loved the spirit at YearlyKos. I felt like a fish out of water on the Kerry Campaign - I felt much much more at home at YearlyKos and I thank everyone for that.
Uh, can we say the obvious here? If some of John Kerry's oldest and best friends were never given tickets, that's John Kerry's fault.
Read the rest of it; it's vintage blogger triumphalism.